Research course

Mechanical Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Doctorate level programmes (e.g. PhD) require a minimum of a Upper-Second Class Honours Degree or international equivalent, in a related science or engineering discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent). Entry onto Masters level research programmes requires a minimum second Class Honours degree. Applicants for admission will normally hold a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification. The level of attainment for the Bachelor's degree will normally be equivalent to that of a Second Class Honours UK Bachelor's degree.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Structures, Dynamics and Extreme Loading Group

To ensure a safe society from accidental events (fires, impact, gas explosions, errors in design, etc.), natural occurrences (hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, etc.) or terrorist attacks, there is a need to understand both material and whole structural response under extreme loads.

Manchester has a well-known track record in researching the behaviour of structures under fire, explosions, impact energy absorption, dynamic response, and high strain rate material response.

The design research team is interwoven with the extreme loading investigations through research into risk and reliability methods. In addition, the design team also concentrates on through-life support of systems, equipment and components. This work comprises conditioning monitoring, single processing, damage detection, and project management.

Manufacturing and Management Group

In recent years, the nature of manufacturing research has shifted in response to new drivers resulting in paradigms such as Micro/Nano Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing and Innovative Material Processing (IMP) technologies. The Manchester manufacturing group is not only active in these fields but takes a leading role in many of them at an international level.

Department specialisms

Advanced Flow Diagnostics & Instrumentation; Built Environment; Coastal Processes; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Dynamics & Aeroelasticity; Experimental Aerodynamics; Geo-Engineering; Manchester Bobber Energy & Multiphysics; Nuclear Graphite; Reliability, Availability, Maintenance & Safety; Turbulence; Mechanics; Aerospace; Energy, Environment & Climate Change; Extreme Loading & Design Management; Manufacturing & Laser Processing; Nuclear

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding

The School is able to offer a number a Scholarships, studentships and EngD projects. The level of competition for these funded places is often extremely high and successful applicant will normally hold or be expected to achieve the equivalent of a First Class Honours degree. For more information, visit:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 4345